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Mosaic showing boxing fight

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A mosaic showing a boxing duel
Mosaic showing boxing fight | Photo: Marshall Astor

Roman mosaic showing a boxing duel, described in Virgil’s “Aeneid”. Entellus of Sicily and young Dares fought each other, in which the latter failed (wounded, shown on the right). The description of the fight takes place in Aeneid in book V.400-405. Entellus was rewarded with a bull.

Both boxers have antique gloves that were designed to provide more damage (caestus), not like the modern ones. This type of glove or arm protector was made of leather and metal.

Object is located at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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